A friend reminded me, “It’s your little guy’s third Christmas!” I almost didn’t believe her. Wow. He should be an old pro at this now.
Our little guy doesn’t understand Santa. That’s fine with me. I have avoided the topic completely because I don’t want him to be scared by the idea of a weird man coming into our house.
As far as he knows, the only people who come into his house are his parents, his dog, and family and friends including our friendly landlord. When we’ve had workmen in the house, he gets very excited, but everyone is happy when they leave and we can settle back into our lives.
At daycare they have Santa visit and the kids get a chance to sit on his lap. Last year we got three photos of him with Santa. It was almost a diary of events. The first one he is looking at Santa with suspicion and the next two are him in hysterics. He’s so distraught that it’s actually comical. But I’m happy I wasn’t there to witness it — I would have been upset.
This year at daycare he sat on Santa’s lap once again. The photos I got back are of a stoic little boy. It’s like he knew he had to be brave and get through it. Poor kid.
Last week I happened to go to the mall for a quick errand and saw the mall Santa. He’s a natural with a real beard and everything. I would love a picture of my son with him, but I don’t think it’s worth traumatizing him. I’m still trying to decide if I should stop by and try…is it worth it? We’ll probably wait until next year.
My son is getting a lot of presents. Much of it is practical stuff though, including snow boots. I don’t know what happened but within the past month he has grown out of 24 month and 2T sizes and is solidly 3T on top. It’s great timing to run out of clothes right around the holidays.
I think about other families with limited means that have small children. I wonder how they keep up with the expenses. I can find cheap clothes, but one big expense is shoes. I take my son to the shoe store to get measured and he needs a new pair of shoes about every three months. Little kids’ feet grow quickly and one pair can run $50. I don’t know how other families do it.
This year I took the No Kid Hungry pledge and made a donation towards ending hunger in America. Earlier this month Share Our Strength partnered with food bloggers to Share Our Holiday Table. You really should check out all of the fantastic recipes these phenomenal bloggers created in support of No Kid Hungry.